Continuing on with the Acme Packing Company Mock Draft, we break down the 25th overall pick held by the San Diego Chargers.
A three-year playoff drought final cost general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner their jobs following the Chargers' 2012 season. Left in their wake was a talented roster in need of a stronger directive. San Diego received exactly that with the arrival of Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy.
In his first year as Chargers headman, McCoy revitalized an offense that finished worst in the AFC a year earlier while also resurrecting the career of Philip Rivers. During his first five years as San Diego's starting quarterback, Rivers elevated himself to the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. However, he regressed considerable during the Norv Turner years, leading many to wonder whether the Chargers might replace him. McCoy proved the perfect match for the fiery signal caller who completed nearly 70% of his passes and won Comeback Player of the Year honors.
San Diego's defense proved to be a bigger challenge. Opponents threw all over the Chargers in 2013, resulting in a 28th ranking in defensive passer rating and 29th in passing yards allowed. While San Diego possesses one of the league's premier safeties in Eric Weddle, the rest of the secondary appears overmatched and in need of help.
With the 25th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select...
Name: Kyle Fuller
School: Virginia Tech
For the Chargers to break into the ranks of the title contenders, fixing their defense needs to be the top priority. Part of the solution needs to come from the front seven, but with Melvin Ingram returning from a torn ACL and the tandem of Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes coming into their own, there's already built in improvement. Because of where the value fell in this draft, San Diego is better served looking at secondary help.
On merit, Kyle Fuller shouldn't be on the board by the time the Chargers pick. However, every year we see a few players slip without a proper explanation. Fuller instantly becomes a starter for San Diego, playing mostly on the boundary. He might also take some snaps at safety in certain situations. His size and speed allow him to compete against most receivers, while his ball skills could help reverse a trouble low-turnover trend for the Chargers.
Round One Summary
|1||Houston Texans||Blake Bortles||QB||Central Florida|
|2||St. Louis Rams (via WAS)||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Khalil Mack||OLB||Buffalo|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Sammy Watkins||WR||Clemson|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Evans||WR||Texas A&M|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Louisville|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M|
|10||Detroit Lions||Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma State|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh|
|12||New York Giants||Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Alabama|
|14||Chicago Bears||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Anthony Barr||OLB||UCLA|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Taylor Lewan||OT||Michigan|
|18||New York Jets||Odell Beckham, Jr.||WR||LSU|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Zack Martin||OT||Notre Dame|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Dee Ford||DE/OLB||Auburn|
|21||Green Bay Packers||C.J. Mosley||ILB||Alabama|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon State|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Marqise Lee||WR||USC|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Bradley Roby||CB||Ohio State|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|